Thursday, August 9, 2012

Whaley: I'm A Lot Stronger

Dominique Whaley #8 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks along the sideline on crutches after being injured in the first quarter during a game against the Kansas State Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on October 29, 2011 in Manhattan, Kansas. (October 28, 2011 - Source: Ed Zurga/Getty Images North America
Dominique Whaley says he has only got stronger: Dominique Whaley remembers "everything going numb."

He remembers leading fellow Oklahoma running back Roy Finch on a sweep around right end, blocking on the first play of the OU-Kansas State game last Oct. 29, and having 228-pound linebacker Arthur Brown crash down on his lower left leg while tackling Finch.

They needed to see [ Dominique] show up for camp this month, put on the pads and cut and hit just like he used to. 

Whaley sounded confident. Asked at the start of camp if he felt like the same player, he replied: "If not the same, better." 

"I'm a lot stronger," he said. "My frame has gotten a lot bigger." 

Last Sunday, the Sooners ran an inside handoff drill in shoulder pads for the first time. It was the kind of thing they were waiting for, to see if their success story had a few more passages left. 

"I went into their meeting room after watching their practice with the defense," Stoops said of the running backs. "It struck me just watching it in inside drill and things he was in. ... He looked good, which was really encouraging. 

"I walked into his meeting and I said, 'Cale, Dom looked good for the first day in pads.' He thought the same thing." 

"Dominique has looked really well," Gundy confirmed. "We have not had to manage his reps. ... Even today I went up to him and told him I wanted to slow him down a little bit. He told me, 'Coach, I can't do that. I don't want to do that.' "  (More at TulsaWorld.com)
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